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Arts criticism is the process of describing, analyzing, interpreting, and judging works of art.[1] It is distinct from "art criticism (which focuses on "visual arts) due to its broader remit.["citation needed] The disciplines of arts criticism can be defined by the object being considered rather than the methodology (through analysis of its philosophy): buildings ("architecture criticism), paintings ("visual art criticism), performances ("dance criticism, "theatre criticism), music ("music journalism), visual media ("film criticism, "television criticism), or literary texts ("literary criticism).[2][3]

Criticism of the arts can be broadly divided into two types. There is "academic criticism such as that found in scholarly works and specialist journals, then there is criticism of a more journalistic nature (often called 'a "review') which is seen by a wider public through newspapers, television and radio. The academic criticism will be of a more vigorous and analytical nature than the journalistic, the journalistic may even focus on entertaining the reader at the expense of detail about the art under discussion.["citation needed]

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  1. ^ Art Vocabulary - accessed 10 July 2008 Archived June 11, 2008, at the "Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Geoffrey Harpham (August 2006). "Science and the Theft of Humanity". "American Scientist. Sigma Xi. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  3. ^ "Home: The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism". The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. American Society for Aesthetics / "Temple University. Archived from the original on 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 

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